There's no better way to open up conference play than sweeping your opponent, but that's exactly what the Louisville softball team did this weekend. They hosted Pittsburgh at Ulmer and won all three games.
Game One: Louisville 7, Pittsburgh 6 After leading 5-3 the Cards allowed the Panthers to take the lead on a handful of fielding errors. An error by the Panthers in the sixth and a walk-off base hit in the seventh secured the win. Becker pitched most of the game, with Hensley sandwiching a few batters in the middle of the game. Caitlin Ferguson, Jordan McNary, and Tiarra Sanabria all went three-for-five on the game.
Game Two: Louisville 5, Pittsburgh 2 Megan Hensley (5-4), who had been battling a leg injury, got called for the start and pitched almost the entire game and credit for the win. Becker closed out the seventh inning. Louisville jumped on top early with a pair of runs in the first inning, but went ice cold until posting three more runs in the sixth inning. Hensley also went two-for-three at the plate.
Game Three: Louisville 8, Pittsburgh 2 Five U of L batters had two hits each for all 10 hits. The Cards took the lead in third inning and never trailed. Becker (13-4) pitched the entire game. One of the big highlights was the zero strikeouts on the game for Louisville.
Series Notes: Becker's ERA is now 1.49. She is up to 96 strikeouts on the year.
Jamie Soles and Sanabria are tied for the highest batting average on the team at .367.
Nicole Pufahl leads the team with 24 RBI, followed by Becker's 20.
Becker has a .478 on base percentage. She is one of seven players above .400 currently.
Louisville improves to 18-7 on the season. They have won six straight and 11 of their last 12.
They host Wisconsin on Saturday night at Ulmer Stadium.